Egypt is an exotic land of mystery and legend. The land of the Gods could be explored with visits to the powerful temples of Isis, Edfu, Komombo, Karnak and Luxor. Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the western desert as you visit her hidden monasteries.
Egypt is a land where Jesus and his family were known to have traveled, and where early Apostles came to spread his word, particularly at first in Alexandria. Most of the old churches in Egypt are found at Qasr Al-Sham (Castle of the Beacon) on the ruins of the Roman Fortress of Babylon in Old Cairo. The Hanging Church is the most famous Coptic Church in Cairo. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is thus also known as Sitt Mariam or St. Mary's Church.
Egypt has some very notable, as well as important mosques. Most of the tourist mosques are to be found in Islamic Cairo, but the oldest of them all, the Amr Ibn El-Aas Mosque, is located in Coptic or Old Cairo. Egypt offers a fair overview of mosque styles. They have been built differently depending on the person under whom the mosques were built. Around the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire in Egypt had caused the mushrooming of many an Ottoman style mosque. Also, there are mosques, which were built in the Fatimid style and certain others in the Memluk style. The Arabs knew how to express their love for aesthetic beauty. The Al-Azhar Mosque, is located in the World's oldest University and is one of the most influential mosques in Islam.